2002 Press Releases

Press Release

Friday, November 08, 2002


Father Greg Boyle Speaks at Boalt About Gang Violence

Contact: Erin Campbell, Communications Dept., 510-643-8010, ecambell@law.berkeley.edu

What: "Youth Gang Violence: Teenage Suicide for the Urban Poor," Father Greg Boyle will discuss the media's stereotypes of gang involvement and the profound social and psychological forces that have shaped the young men and women with whom he works.

A Jesuit priest, Father Boyle founded Jobs for a Future in 1988 in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, which has one of the highest concentrations of gang activity in the nation. Guided by the motto "Nothing stops a bullet like a job," Jobs for a Future provides a range of services to help young men and women find employment, including job placement, counseling, community service opportunities and tattoo removal services. Homeboy Industries is the economic development branch of the organization, in which gang members work side by side in the program's bakery, graffiti removal patrol, and silkscreen and merchandise ventures.

When: Wednesday, November 13, 12:15 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Room 115, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley.

Who: Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries-an employment referral center and economic development program for at-risk youth.

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Thursday's dinner is not open to the public.

NOTE: Additional information about the conference is also available at http://www.boalt.org/BDLS/.